Saturday 9: Somewhere

Unfamiliar with this week’s tune? Hear it here

1) This song is from the hit musical West Side StoryIt has just been remade by Steven Speilberg. Are you interested in seeing the 2021 version? I was never into that movie originally and so I’ve never seen it, but I am open to rectifying that and seeing the new one, too. I’m willing to give it a try, if only to be able to articulate why I don’t like it, if that ends up being the case. I think that’s much better than grumbling without know what I’m talking about.

2) Growing up, Crazy Sam thought this song was called, “A Place for Us.” Tell us about a song whose title or lyrics you got wrong or misheard. There was one I just realized I wasn’t singing wrong because I couldn’t tell what was being sung and finally found out what the actual lyrics are, but I can’t remember what. I know one such example was Elton John’s “Rocketman,” the line that goes, “burning out his fuse up here alone.” As for titles, a super common one is The Who’s “Baba O’Riley,” often thought to be titled “Teenage Wasteland,” but thanks to my classic-rock-loving father, I grew up knowing the truth.

3) Barbra Streisand sings of longing for “time to spare, time to learn and time to care.” The holidays are often too busy for many of us. With Thanksgiving almost upon us, do you wish you had more time? Not leading up to Thanksgiving–it’s not a holiday I personally need lots of prep for. But in general, of course. It seems there’s always something that needs done or that I want to do. I had a whole bunch of stuff I wanted to do with my son and niece this summer, and I think we only did a fraction of them.

4) Early in her career, Barbra was pressured to have her nose fixed. She stubbornly refused, and did rather well anyway. Tell us about a time you resisted pressure. COVID while pregnant, and then with a new baby, felt like that a lot. We were (and remain, while an unvaccinated toddler and rising case numbers) very careful, and there are definitely people who don’t respect that.

5) In the late 1960s she briefly dated Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, father of current PM Justin Trudeau. Obviously Barbra knew what became of Pierre and his family without having to look them up. Without the advantage of Google, do you know where one of your former loves is in 2021? I had sort of an on-again, off-again long-term crush on a friend of my brother’s. It was one of those things where I think one of us would be crushing on the other, who wasn’t interested, and then we’d flip-flop but never did date. In retrospect, I don’t think he’d have been a great boyfriend, or at least there are some things I know I wouldn’t have liked that could’ve admittedly just been the immature habits of teenage boys. I know I wouldn’t have liked my husband much as a teenager. Anyway, as for this crush, he ended up developing a drug habit somewhere around the end of high school, but fortunately, he’s clean now and married with a daughter. And I’m happily married with a son, so we’re all happy.

6) One of Barbra’s hit movies is The Way We Were, a love story about hopelessly mismatched lovers. Streisand always wanted to do a sequel and worked with a screenwriter on a treatment. Her costar, Robert Redford, refused. He simply was not interested in revisiting his character. Is there a movie series that you especially enjoy? Nothing recent, really.

7) Barbra met her husband, James Brolin, at a dinner thrown by friends. They hit it off immediately, but he had to leave the next day to begin a movie in Ireland, so they began their romance over the phone. Do you enjoy long phone calls? Would you prefer video calls (Zoom)? I prefer video.

8) On July 1, 1998, two years to the day after their first meeting, Barbra and Brolin married. It used to be that brides were advised against wearing white for their second wedding, but Barbra ignored that, wearing a white beaded gown. Do you believe brides should still avoid white the second time around? No, but I do love when brides wear other colors anyway.

9) Random question: Is anyone on your bad side this morning? Eh, not really.

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